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Mother and son team up to feed bay area families in need with innovative new nonprofit 360 Eats

Repurposing food into gourmet meals
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Posted at 4:03 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2021-04-07 23:34:31-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Cameron Macleish and his mother Ellen are teaming up to feed a lot of families in need.

He is a freethinker who turned a food-salvaging hobby into an innovative way to fight food waste and food insecurity. She is a chef who wants "to be part of fixing a broken food system."

Together this dynamic duo has started the Tampa Bay area-based 360 Eats. The nonprofit reconsiders all aspects of the food cycle, from growing and composting to preparing and serving.

"We go to businesses and other organizations and rescue the good food they would otherwise throw away," says Cameron. "Then we take that good food and turn it into gourmet meals."

That is where Ellen comes in. After she repurposes food into delicious items, they deliver the meals to families in need.

"To be able to serve these meals and fight food waste is an incredible feeling," says Cameron, who partnered with such community leaders as Oldsmar Cares and the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center.

The nonprofit is still relatively new. Ellen says they welcome "opportunities to connect with people who believe in what we're doing and want to be of service." You can help chip in on their GoFundme here.

For more on 360 Eats, click here.